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updated their review of Eureka Seven
Story Bafflement. For close to half an hour, I have been sat here, trying to think of a word which sums up both my immediate and my considered reaction to Eureka Seven, and I think "bafflement" is as close as I'm going to get. This is a show that combines good ideas with poor pacing, great...Read therik's full review
Like most boys his age, the young Renton thinks of nothing but reffing – riding trapar waves on a board – and idolizes Holland, the leader of the renegade group of reffers named Gekko...
updated their review of Gakuen Alice
Story Having finally recovered from reviewing a succession of average to utterly dire anime at the cruel behest of others, I decided to take my destiny into my own hands, and publish my thoughts on an altogether more acceptable anime. While I didn’t expect to be able to remove the...Read therik's full review
Ever since they met, emotionless Hotaru and ditzy Mikanhave been best friends, and are virtually inseparable-- that is, until Hotaru is invited to attend a strange school far away, a school for those...
updated their review of To Love-Ru
Story Oftentimes, the arrival of a pink-haired, amply bosomed alien girl would be cause for great joy and celebration amongst the male population of the globe. Quite how To Love-Ru takes this premise and turns it into an unsatisfactory 12 hours is anyone's guess. I suppose, with my stall set...Read therik's full review
Rito Yuki is a bumbling boy who wants nothing more than to confess his love to the lovely Haruna, but a variety of obstacles always seems to stand in his way. One day, while relaxing in his bathtub...
updated their review of Sailor Moon
Story Like Metal Gear Solid and Hello Kitty, Sailor Moon is a seemingly random sequence of English words, ostensibly put together by some Japanese person with no regards to their meaning or grammatical function. And yet, like the other two examples, they form a combination recognisable even to...Read therik's full review
Life can be tough when you're a teenager. Enter Tsukino Usagi, an average, if somewhat clumsy, junior high student whose voracious appetite for sweets and capacity for tears are offset by her...
updated their review of Aishiteruze Baby
Story I'm almost twenty-four now, and I've recently found that my paternal instincts are becoming more and more prevalent. It was therefore with something of an open mind that I approached Aishiteruze Baby, a shoujo anime which chronicles the life of high school student Katakura Kippei and...Read therik's full review
Whenever Kippei is at school, he has one thing on his mind: girls. From skipping class to cheesy lines, he'll do anything it takes to reel the ladies in, though he never seems to find the right...
updated their review of Hanamaru Youchien
Story My Easter weekend this year was in its entirety spent stripping
waterproof wallpaper from the spare room. For those of you uninitiated
with this particular pleasure, it is akin to removing the world's
largest and most awkward price sticker from an abjectly disappointing
present ...Read therik's full review
Tsuchida has just started working at the Hanamaru Kindergaten, and, as the first and only male teacher at the school, he’s particularly nervous. Unfortunately his first day doesn’t go...
updated their review of Shugo Chara!
Story I have absolutely no business liking Shugo Chara!. The series is aimed primarily at an audience with approximately half my age and precisely double my X-chromosomes, and at no point does it betray its target market by veering wildly off the well-trodden mahou shoujo path. As such, the...Read therik's full review
Hinamori Amu is a stylish punk rock girl who is liked and feared by her peers, but there's just one problem: she's actually a shy and quiet girl who can't seem to drop her self-fabricated facade! But...
updated their review of Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi
Story Can boobs carry an anime by themselves? This fascinating conundrum
appears to have been the question going through the minds of the makers
of Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi. I'm sure their surprise was as great as mine when the answer turned out
to be a definitive "no". I...Read therik's full review
Every four years, the violent Queen's Blade tournament begins once more. Meant as a test of strength and beauty, girls fight each other in hopes of gaining power over the land, each with her own...
updated their review of Love Hina
Story It's a generally accepted rule that you mustn't judge a book by it's cover. Clearly whoever came up with such sage advice had never seen the opening credits of Love Hina . Indeed, if the bouncy, riotous and wholly carefree opening was any more indicative of the show's content, you could...Read therik's full review
Keitaro Urashima is somewhat of a failure. In order to fulfill a promise he made to a girl fifteen years ago, he has tried time and again to get into Tokyo U but has never managed to pass the exam...
updated their review of Kanon (2006)
Story Sayuri and Yuuichi sit in the cafe.. The steam from their coffees wafts through the air which is filled with gentle strings of some classical music.
"Do you know this piece?" Asks Sayuri. "It's Canon. Pachelbel's Canon. That central melody repeats itself again and again, as layers are...Read therik's full review
It's been seven years since Yuuichi Aizawa returned to the city he once lived in as a child. Though many things happened to Yuuichi in his past, he can only remember bits and pieces. His parents left...
updated their review of Toward the Terra TV
Story I've never been a real sci-fi buff, but I always had the general
opinion that technology is cool and that the future is definitely going
to be awesome. I say "had", because Toward the Terra - presumably on
behalf of a particularly resourceful Luddite lobby - stepped up...Read therik's full review
Centuries ago, humanity carelessly ravaged the Earth’s environment, forcing them to leave and form a colony elsewhere. To prevent the same mistakes from happening again, they allow a...
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updated their review of Kodomo no Jikan (2007)
Story I've lately gained something of a reputation around the Anime-Planet forums for my outspoken and energetic opposition to lolicon material in general and loli doujin in particular. As such, you can probably imagine my vexation when I lost a high-stakes game of Tetris against fellow...Read therik's full review
Aoki Daisuke is a fresh, new elementary school teacher, eager to help shape and guide his young students. But he got more than he bargained for with Kokonoe Rin! This saucy third grader has knowledge...
updated their review of Kyoran Kazoku Nikki
Story Kyouran Kazoku Nikki roughly translates from the Japanese as "Frenzied Family Diary". As family diaries go, it's certainly more frenzied than the diary of the Swiss Family Robinson or the diary of the lot from Lost in Space. In fact I can barely think of a better phrase to...Read therik's full review
Once upon a time, a creature named Enka tried to destroy everything on Earth. It was eventually slain by humans; but before dying Enka proclaimed that one day its child would return to the planet...
updated their review of Ai Yori Aoshi
Story The reason why certain premises are recycled and re-worked time and again without so much as a twist is a pretty simple one - you don't mess with success. After all, if you put one male character in a house with a bunch of quirky females and layer it with a simple romance plot, what can...Read therik's full review
Aoi Sakuraba, heir to the Sakura department store, has only one thing on her mind-- her beloved. Betrothed from a very young age, she has been in love with him, Kaoru Hanabishi, ever since. After...
updated their review of Prince of Light - The Legend of Ramayana
Story Religious epics are always going to be hit or miss in terms of enjoyment value. Either you want to see the triumph of Good over Evil in a simplified but drawn out battle or you don't. Therefore, I would have to preface my review by stating that my failure to care for Ramayana is as much...Read therik's full review
- Movie (1 ep x 107 min)
Prince Rama of Ayodhya is a wise and mighty warrior, believed to be an incarnation of the great God Vishnu. His prowess is virtually limitless; he slays mighty demons, wins a contest of strength to...
updated their review of Taiyou no Mokushiroku
Story As scenarios go, Taiyou no Mokushiroku's is packed with potential. Japan is rent asunder by the awesome forces of nature, literally cleaved in two by a succession of earthquakes. Half is given over to Chinese control, half to the United States. If you're thinking to yourself "this would...Read therik's full review
- TV Special (2 eps x 80 min)
Calamity strikes the country of Japan as a series of brutal earthquakes literally tear the island in two. Put in an impossible predicament, the Japanese government agrees to hand control of the...
updated their review of Iron Virgin Jun
Story Hell, they say, hath no fury like a woman scorned. Some time ago I was
given a TACO commission by KiraRin, who broke her usual pattern of
unprovoked abusive behaviour towards me and asked me to watch and review
the excellent Gankutsuou . However, after arbitrarily deciding that...Read therik's full review
Jun Asuka is a member of an aristocratic family that has a tradition of marrying off its daughters once they reach the age of eighteen. For the athletic and independent Jun, this is a fate worse than...
updated their review of Da Capo
Story Imagine, if you will, an end to conflict, a world of peace, a universe where seldom a cross word is exchanged, much less an utterance of aggression. Truly, this would be a wonderful place to live - but watching it for 26 episodes? My, does it ever drag.
Da Capo crawls unapologetically...Read therik's full review
On an island where cherry blossoms bloom all year-round, love seems to always be in the air. It is in this magical atmosphere that Asakura Junnichi lives, and when he dreams he travels to the dreams...
updated their review of Gag Manga Biyori
Story What do you get if you cross a rabbit detective, a surprisingly patient Grim Reaper, and an American Consulate dripping with blithe insanity? The fact that I watched all of these characters in action and still don't know the answer says quite something about the nature of Gag Manga...Read therik's full review
What do you do when the Emperor of Japan has been replaced with... an alien from Planet Octopus?! From intense motorcycle races to crazy machine inventors from Holland, from sea voyages to battles...
updated their review of Ryofuko-chan
Story Picture the scene. A forest clearing at dusk: two disfigured crones
stand hunched over a cauldron, plotting and cackling and plotting some
more. Into the bubbling mixture they toss eye of newt and toe of frog,
wool of bat and tongue of dog. Their cackles become shrieks as their...Read therik's full review
Ryofu Housen (Lu Bu) is a powerful general from the Three Kingdoms. Alongside Chinkyuu (Chen Gong), Ryofu suddenly finds himself falling to Earth, and landing... in the body of an elementary school...
updated their review of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei's central protagonist, Mr. Itoshiki, is the very paragon of negativity and a man who sees the worst in everything. While this hardly seems like the best fodder for laughs, the series functions as a satire with the titular character casting his morose gaze onto...Read therik's full review
Life is simply not worth living for down and out school teacher Itoshiki Nozomu. He has no hope of progress, no prospect of promotion, no chance at happiness… he is in despair! Even his name...
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updated their review of Chu-Bra!!
Story My regular readers – working on the egocentric assumption that such a species might exist – will remember my most recent review as having been commissioned via TACO by KiraRin in an attempt to offend my sensibilities. This time round, sothis herself has got in on the act...Read therik's full review
While Nayu Hayama may be a middle school student, she has the fashion sense of an adult – at least, when it comes to lingerie. Unlike her other classmates, Nayu is an underwear fanatic and is...
- DVD Special (1 ep x 24 min)
Sae has recently invested in a second-hand Polaroid camera and one ordinary Sunday morning she surprises the girls by unexpectedly taking their photo. Miyako decides to name the camera Polaroidon...
- Vol: 5; Ch: 86
- 2001 - 2002
Insecure, socially-awkward and with a habit of making sudden and profuse apologies, Asumi Torii is a strange girl who often fails to click with her peers... she also has an arrow stuck in her head...
- Vol: 18; Ch: 164
- 1989 - 2002
The underworld: a place where the yakuza gather and where games of mahjong are fought with life-or-death stakes, transcending the very existences of those involved. This is the world where Ten finds...
- Vol: 3; Ch: 23
- 1999 - 2000
Takeda is diagnosed with cancer and feels that he has nothing to live for. His wife had died of cancer and his only daughter has been missing for fourteen years.One day, when he is about to attempt...
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